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If you are new to the campus, or have never been to the Veterans Services Center, we hope you will take the time to come by and let our staff show you the wonderful amenities we have to offer or student veteran community. The VSC is a great place to hang out and meet new friends, study, utilize our Student Computer Lab, get a nice, hot, cup of coffee (we brew it strong!), grab a snack, or just spend some time in the company of other veterans. I hope to see you soon at the UW Veterans Services Center. We are located in Knight Hall, room 241.
The Veterans Services Center (VSC) utilizes campus email to keep our student veterans up-to-date and informed fo the latest news, events, programs, policies, and information related to benefits and services for student veterans. If you are not receiving our emails, please call, email, or stop by the VSC to give us your contact information.
The Veterans Services Center is hosting an open skating event on Feb. 28th at 1515 to 1615 at the Laramie Ice Arena. Everything is free including skate rental. Bring your family and enjoy a fun time with us.
Effective immediately, all student veterans and military dependents attending the University of Wyoming on VA or State of WY sponsored education benefits are eligible for Priority Registration. This means veterans and dependents utilizing the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Voc Rehab, Survivors Benefits, or WY War Veterans and Surviving Dependents benefits, are eligible to register for classes before registration opens to the general population. This will aid our benefit recipients in getting their college degree program completed, or as much as possible, prior their benefit running out. The UW Registrar's Office will make official notification to eligible students regarding the early registration deadlines and process.
The Wounded Warrior Project has selected the University of Wyoming as a Campus Outreach Partner to bring their unique and effective programs and services to UW student veterans. WWP is geared toward helping warriors with invisible and visible wound as they recover and make the sometimes-difficult transition back to civilian life. All WWP programs are offered at no charge whatsoever. They are available to all those who have incurred service-connected wounds, injuries, or illnesses on or after September 11, 2001. For more information, contact the VSC.
In a 2010 Military Times article the University of Wyoming was ranked 18th in the country for the best schools for veterans. Military Times received more than 100 reviews of schools across the nation and the University of Wyoming finished in the top 20. Since this article was published we have continued to create a veteran friendly school and we have been succeeding in our goals.
G.I. Jobs has listed the University of Wyoming in the top 15% of schools nationwide for our steadfast commitment to educating our nation's military veterans. The University of Wyoming continues to enhance our programs, services, and policies to assist our student veterans in meeting their education goals.
The Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation's active and veteran service members and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice. The scholarships cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care. Since the program's inception, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested over $2.2 million in financial support. These scholarship funds are just a portion of the Tillman Military Scholar experience which also focuses on guiding an engaged community and providing essential resources that empower Scholars to serve and lead in their local communities and ease the transition from military to civilian life. A UW student veteran has been selected to this year's Tillman Military Scholars and a formal public press release will soon be made. For more information regarding the scholarships, please inquire at the Veterans Services Center, 241 Knight Hall.
Scholarship applications for the Tillman Foundation are open for the 2013 school year. The scholarship applications have closed for this current year. For more information please see Marty Martinez in the Veterans Services Center Knight Hall room 241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the VSC, or 'click on' our "Financial-Aid" tab, for information on the many scholarships available to our student veterans.
The greatest resource for news regarding Veterans at the University of Wyoming is the monthly newsletters from the Veterans Services Center. To sign up to receive the newsletter every month by email, please send us a message to email@example.com and request to be put on our email list serve. Also, a new Trivia Question will be in each month's Newsletter - be the first to answer correctly and you can win some great prizes.
The VSC was proud to host a "Meet and Greet" with Mrs. Holly Petraeus, wife of the former CIA Director and Four Star General (Retired) David Petraeus. Mrs. Petraeus was on campus as the keynote speaker for the 2012 Consumer Issues Conference, and she graciously accepted our invitation to spend a some time meeting with veterans from both our campus and community, family members, faculty, staff, and the public.
The VSC joined the WY Veterans Commission and the UW Athletic Dept in recognizing our Class of 2012 Tillman Military Scholars and the recipients of the UW Outstanding Faculty and Staff during the UW Military Appreciation Day Football Game. Our Three Tillman Scholars, Lisa Ohnstad, Megan Lucas, and Robert Niezwaag Jr, were brought onto Jonah field and recognized for their achievement and scholarship award. Dr. Cameron Wright, Dr. Steven Barratt, and Ms. Denise Jairell were presented the Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award for their contributions and service to our student veterans.
Working with our UW Student Veterans Organization, the VSC participated in the 2012 National Roll Call on Veterans Day. During the Roll Call event, UW student veterans, faculty, and staff joined countless other campus' across the nation in reading over 7400 names of our service men and women who lost their lives since 9/11 in the War on Terror. We began reading names at 8:00 am in the morning and finished the last name at 5:00 pm. 'Thank You' to the many volunteers for reading your set of names and braving the cold wind! The SVO plans to make this an annual project, so if you are interested in assisting, please watch for advertising next Veterans Day.
The VSC took time to have a little fun and eat some great food at our Christmas Party, Valentine's Day Sweets, and St. Paddy's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage events. We advertise events like these through our email list serve, so if you are not receiving our emails, just let us know so we can invite you to all our VSC activities.
We partnered with Cheyenne VA Medical Hospital, Cheyenne Vet Center, Casper Vet Center, WY Veterans Commission, and the UW Student Veterans Organization to bring information and benefits events to our campus. We will continue to bring providers to our student veterans and veterans in our community. Please keep watching for our emails and flyers.
Finals Week. Any Finals test is stressful, but string a whole week of them together and it is nearly unbearable. So what better way to fight the stress of Finals Week than a week of comfort food. We call it - Finals Feeding Frenzy! A week of great food - FREE - at the VSC. So if you need a break, need to study, or just need to eat - be sure to watch for our Finals Feeding Frenzy menu and come join your friends at the VSC.
The Veterans Services Center also provides Orientation seminars each semester for our new and transfer student veterans. If you would like to attend an Orientation seminar, please contact the VSC.